Ignoring safety may garner “corporate killing” charge

Commons committee calls for business leaders to be held criminally responsible
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Corporate executives and directors could soon be held directly responsible for workplace injuries.

The House of Commons Justice Committee has passed a resolution calling on Justice Minister Anne McLellan to pass bill C-259, a private member’s bill, introduced by NDP leader Alexa McDonough.

Should it pass, the bill would amend the Criminal Code to impose criminal liability on corporate decision-makers who fail to insure their company maintains an appropriate level of occupational health and safety in the workplace, and introduce a criminal offence of “corporate killing.”